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Safe Surrender

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  5 ratings  ·  3 reviews
ebook, 10 pages
Published May 29th 2018 by Slate (first published May 2018)

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Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
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A human-alien hybrid goes looking for their birth parents. It's the subtlety and world-building details I liked best about this: how early AIs are programmed to respond in ways that will pacify humans; that the narrator can't get a full log of their DNA because most sequences are shared with others; the little ways that prejudice can creep into a life.
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This short story was first published as part of Future Tense, a series of short stories about how technology and science will change our lives. The series is a collaboration among Arizona State University, New America, Slate, and ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination. The series features many prominent science fiction author, including some of my favorites. I had not read anything by Meg Elison, and I was quite curious as a result to read this story.
It turns out that the UC Berkeley gradu
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
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An adoptee and alien-human hybrid tries to find her birth parents and, more importantly, she feels this information will tell her something profound about who she is. I liked the premise and some of the ethical issues brought up were interesting. In this story the protagonist could not have full access to her DNA because it would violate the privacy of others who share DNA with her. I feel the story could have done more in terms of exploring "mixed race identities" and it re-inscribed t
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Meg Elison is the author of THE BOOK OF THE UNNAMED MIDWIFE, a post-apocalyptic feminist speculative novel, Tiptree recommendation, and winner of the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award. The sequel to MIDWIFE, THE BOOK OF ETTA, was published in February 2017. Elison is a high school dropout and a graduate of UC Berkeley. Find her online, where she is always saying something:
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